June 17, 1999 | Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
The Merchant and the Pauper
Composer:Paul Schoenfield
Librettist:Margaret B. Stearns
Synopsis
The story is a multifaceted allegory of the rescue of the Jews from Egypt and the coming of the Messiah, but on the surface it is a magical tale reminiscent of THE MAGIC FLUTE. When the pauper's wife is kidnapped and the merchant brings her home, their virtue survives a series of trials and they are rewarded with children: he with a son and she with a daughter, who is the most beautiful child ever seen on earth. The two young people are promised to each other, but torn apart when the pauper becomes an emperor, a pirate kidnaps his daughter, and the merchant's son is exiled to an exotic island—but they are united at last to rule the world.

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Opera Theatre of Saint LouisThe Merchant and the Pauper6/6/1999 - 6/27/1999


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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
full-length

Number of Acts
2

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 2 female principal roles, 5 male principal roles; vocal ensemble of 16. Orchestra: standard

Original Cast
Spiro Malas (Narrator); Madeline Bender (Beauty); Marcus DeLoach (baritone), Julia Ann Wolf (Pauper's wife); Thomas Barrett (the Merchant); Thomas Trotter (the Pauper); Yakov Zamir (the Pirate)


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